Zadie Smith’s slim but concentrated Intimations is just what I needed during a pandemic. Our current collective American reality is validated in her intelligent voice, and it’s comforting.  She talks about the power writers have to create their own worlds.  She talks about suffering—how it defies class and privilege—and how she experiences her own privilege.  She talks about “the virus,” and about the virus of racism—how we’re willing to make societal changes to mitigate the spread of one, but not the other.  And at the end, a love letter/gratitude list.  Listen to the audiobook if you want to hear Zadie Smith sing (literally!). Recommended by Mary.

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ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

“Smith does more than illuminate what we're going through right now. She offers a model of how to think ourselves through a fraught historical moment without getting hysterical or sanctimonious, without losing our compassion or our appreciation for what's good in other people. She teaches us how to be better at being human.” —John Powers, Fresh Air